Arsenal v Reading Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Tuesday 25th October by @tashason21

Arsenal v Reading – Emirates Stadium at 19:45

Last weekend I landed both my Asian Handicap betting picks in La Liga and Serie A. Now I turn my attention to the EFL Cup, where I’ve found some value in the game between Arsenal and Reading and I’m hoping my profitable week continues!

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Arsenal

Last weekend The Gunners played out a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough. Some would argue they were even lucky to come away with a point, as Aitor Karanka’s side played incredibly well at the Emirates.

Arsenal are in good form and are currently joint on 20 points with Man City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table. Wenger’s side are 12 games unbeaten and haven’t lost since their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening day of the season.

Defensively, Arsenal have looked solid too and the recent addition of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia has no doubt added to their stability at the back. The home side have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 games.

In the previous round of the Cup, Arsenal played Nottingham Forest and won by a comfortable 4-0 scoreline. Granit Xhaka opened the scoring with a rocket from 30 yards out and a brace from Lucas Perez and 1 goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain topped off the victory.

 

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Shkodran Mustafi

Reading

Reading were rewarded with a trip to the Emirates as a result of reaching the 4th round of the EFL Cup.

After finishing 17th in the Championship last season, Jaap Stam took over as manager and the signs are now a lot more positive for the away side.

Reading are currently 8th in the Championship table, just outside the play off spots.

Despite having a dip in form recently, they recovered last weekend to beat Rotherham 1-0 away from home. The only goal of the match was scored by Paul McShane. Before last Saturday’s game, Reading were without a win in 4 Championship fixtures (2 losses, 2 draws), but I am expecting a decent performance on Tuesday, as a game against Arsenal doesn’t come around every day!

Reading’s Cup journey has included beating Plymouth 2-0, the MK Dons on penalties (2-2) and Brighton 2-1 in their most recent Cup tie.

With things seemingly on the up for The Royals, who knows what could happen at the Emirates if they put on a good display!

 

Conclusion

Realistically, Arsenal are by far the better side and taking into account the form they’re in, the home side really should sail through to the next round.

The last time these two sides met in the League Cup was back in October 2012 and an incredible 12 goals were scored that day! The game finished 4-4 after 90 minutes, but Arsenal came away 7-5 winners after extra-time.

On this occasion, I can see Arsenal coming away with a triumphant victory within 90 minutes and therefore I recommend backing the home side -1.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market. An Arsenal win by 2 goals or more would see full profit returned.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Arsenal -1.5 @ 1.81 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21

 

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Watford v Arsenal Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sat 27th August by @tashason21

Watford v Arsenal – Vicarage Road at 15:00

Watford are in the midst of a tough month of Premier League fixtures and suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea last weekend, despite taking the lead 10 minutes into the second half.

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Etienne Capoue scored his second goal in back to back games to give Watford the lead, despite not scoring a single goal for the Hornets all of last season. Watford managed to hold out until the 80th minute of the game, when substitute and new signing Michy Batshuayi equalised for The Blues. Diego Costa then scored a late winner, as he did against West Ham in their opener, following an inch perfect pass from Cesc Fabregas.

The game against Arsenal won’t be any easier for the Hornets, who are looking to avoid ‘Second Season Syndrome’, after an impressive campaign last time round which saw them finish 13th in the leaugue table.

On Saturday however, they face an Arsenal side that are yet to win either of their opening 2 matches.

Watford did manage to pick up a point at St Mary’s on the opening day of the Premier League season, although mid-week suffered a home defeat in the EFL Cup against Gillingham, which saw the players booed off the pitch at full-time.

Walter Mazzarri fully rotated the squad, but even a second string Watford side these days should not have lost against a League 1 club.

 

Walter Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri

The Hornets have been very busy this transfer window and on Wednesday afternoon they added another to their ranks, signing Newcastle United’s Daryl Janmaat for a fee of around £7.5m.

Last weekend the Gunners failed to effectively breakdown Leicester and had to suffice with a 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium. The match the week prior against Liverpool saw Arsenal suffer an even worse fate, losing 4-3 at the Emirates after opening the scoring through Theo Walcott.

Arsenal’s poor start to their new campaign by their standards comes as quite a surprise in light of their impressive pre-season tour, whereby they won all 3 of their matches, including a 3-2 win over Manchester City.

Perhaps all the criticism surrounding Wenger and his spending policy is starting to affect the players, although now it seems that Arsenal are finally going to get their wallet out and sign Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) and Lucas Perez (Deportivo), after previously missing out on Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon).

As for the result of this clash, I am expecting Watford to put the pressure on Arsenal and as a result I am expecting a close game with few chances and therefore I recommend backing under 2.5 goals, which looks value at 2.00.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 goals @ 2.00 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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Arsenal v Man City Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sun 7th August by @tashason21

Arsenal v Man City – Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg at 18:00 live on ITV 

Arsenal face fellow Premier League side Manchester City in a friendly which takes place in Sweden on Sunday.

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The Citizens look to be shaping up well under new boss Pep Guardiola and they’ve been rather busy this transfer window. The signings of Gundogen (Dortmund) and Nolito (Celta Vigo) have surely excited Man City fans, but their newest recruit is perhaps the most exciting prospect yet, with 20 year old Leroy Sane joining the club for a fee of £37m from Schalke.

The young winger is set to boost City’s attacking options in midfield, with Sane scoring 9 goals across all competitions for Schalke last season.

 

Leroy Sané and İlkay Gündoğan

Leroy Sané and İlkay Gündoğan

Manchester City have only played 2 pre-season matches, as their game against Manchester United was cancelled due to the poor condition of the pitch in China, which had been affected by bad weather.

So far City have had a mixed bag of results, although they were victorious over Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup by means of a penalty shootout, which took place after the game finished 1-1 in normal time. Sergio Aguero scored City’s only goal, despite recent criticism surrounding his weight and slightly larger physique!

In their other game, Pep’s men lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in a friendly and so they’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways against Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Speaking of the Gunners, they’ve been rather quiet this transfer window, with their only notable recruit being Granit Xhaka, who signed from Borussia Mönchengladbach for £34m.

Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette has been a target for Wenger, although Arsenal did have a bid of £29m rejected for the striker, who scored 23 goals for Lyon across all competitions last season. There are rumours however that Wenger has been given the go ahead from the club to continue his pursuit of Lacazette, as well as Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi.

In terms of results, Arsenal have had an excellent pre-season tour to date and on Friday evening thrashed Norwegian side Viking 8-0 in a friendly. Alex Iwobi and Joel Campbell each scored a brace, whilst Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Chuba Akpom and a Haukas own goal filled up the rest of the scoresheet. Wenger’s men have also beaten MLS All-Stars (2-1) and Chivas Guadalajara (3-1) and their only draw came against Lens (1-1).

Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez both made the squad for the tour of Scandinavia, with the latter having recovered from a nasty ankle injury which saw him leave the field in the final of the Copa America.

On Sunday, I think we will see a competitive tie with not much between the 2 sides. However, as Arsenal have had more game time that City and are unbeaten in their pre-season tour to date, I recommend backing the Gunners Draw No Bet at 2.20 which looks value.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Arsenal +/-0 (Draw No Bet) @ 2.20 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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